Duke, N.C. State win, UNC is upset
No. 3 Duke 76, Miami 75
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Elizabeth Williams converted one of two free throws with 1.7 seconds to lift No. 3 Duke to a 76-75 victory over upset-minded Miami on Thursday night.
Tricia Liston scored 29 points for the Blue Devils (21-1, 8-0 ACC). Williams and Alexis Jones added 18 points apiece and Duke won its ninth straight.
Tricia Liston's three-point play with 18 seconds left gave Duke a 75-73 lead before Maria Brown hit two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to tie it 75-75.
Suriya McGuire scored 23 points and Adrienne Motley finished with 15 for the Hurricanes (11-10, 3-5).
Duke rallied from a five-point deficit with six unanswered points late in the second half. Alexis Jones' short jumper with 1:01 remaining capped the run and gave the Blue Devils a 72-71 lead.
Syracuse 78, No. 6 North Carolina 73
CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Brianna Butler scored 22 points to help Syracuse erase an 18-point deficit and beat No. 6 North Carolina 78-73 on Thursday night.
Brittney Sykes had 17 points for the Orange (16-5, 5-3 ACC), who trailed 50-32 with 18 minutes remaining. Briana Day scored 11 points for Syracuse.
Butler scored 17 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that put her team ahead 72-69 with 2:42 remaining.
After a North Carolina turnover, Sykes hit a jumper to give the Orange a 74-69 lead with 2:05 to play.
The Tar Heels pulled to 74-71 on a putback by Allisha Gray, but Butler answered with a jumper to seal the game.
Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-4, 5-2), who had 18 of their 29 turnovers in the second half.
Stephanie Mavunga and Gray each had 16 points for North Carolina.
No. 18 N.C. State 72, No. 8 Maryland 63
RALEIGH (AP) — Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored all 16 of her points after halftime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:51 left, to help No. 18 North Carolina State beat No. 8 Maryland 72-63 on Thursday night.
Markeisha Gatling added 15 points for the Wolfpack (19-3, 6-2 ACC), who beat the Terrapins for the first time in four years. It also marked N.C. State's first home win against a top-10 opponent since beating then-No. 2 North Carolina in February 2007.
First-year coach Wes Moore has now led the Wolfpack to wins against four ranked opponents, though this one didn't come until Goodwin-Coleman's 3-pointer started an 11-2 run that broke a 57-all tie.
Freshman Lexie Brown scored a season-high 20 points for the Terps (16-4, 4-3), while Alyssa Thomas had 18 points — though she went scoreless for more than 11 minutes in the second half as the Wolfpack pushed in front.